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Temple men's gymnastics hangs on

Fred Turoff, a coach at Temple for more than 40 years and A former student, runs the Philadelphia Boys Gymnastics club, Monday, December 16, 2013.  (  Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer )
Fred Turoff, a coach at Temple for more than 40 years and A former student, runs the Philadelphia Boys Gymnastics club, Monday, December 16, 2013. ( Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer ) Steven M. Falk

If pledges turn into checks, Fred Turoff will have a 39th season as Temple's men's gymnastics coach.

His team won't be a varsity program after it was cut by the athletic department. As a club team, it won't be allowed to practice while the varsity women are using the equipment, he said. And Turoff has to clear out of his office, which is practically a gymnastics hall of fame.

The men will use the bars and rings and the rest in off-hours, and will have a full schedule. But they won't be eligible for the NCAA meet.

"What we're trying to do, of course, is get enough money so that this program will stay for many, many years," Turoff said. "We are soliciting help from the entire gymnastics community around the country."

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  • Bill Cosby will give a benefit performance in August. Trustee Lewis Katz made a matching pledge of $70,000. All told, the matching grants totaled $110,000. Turoff said the university offered him a $60,000 operating budget to match what he had but without a salary for himself and his assistant. The money raised will make it possible for the coaches to continue.

    "The intention is to keep high-level men's gymnastics," Turoff said. "Of course, the ultimate hope is they reinstate us at some point."

    - Mike Jensen

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